It is very difficult reviewing something like this because there are so many variables in life. I asked Health Plus for something to support me in a time of high stress and the 5-HTP complex claims to help maintain a healthy calm mood and sleep pattern. I took 2 a day for 15 days which was the amount in the pot.
Now, in those 15 days I found a house 100 miles away, had an offer accepted, got the house valued, got a mortgage by the skin of my teeth, started packing and getting rid of furniture that would not fit in the new house and then the vendor changed his mind so the purchase didn’t happen. Needless to say that getting to sleep in those weeks was incredibly difficult and staying asleep was not easy either. I think it is asking a lot of a vitamin supplement to be able to make this time easier for me, house buying and relocation are traditionally one of the most stressful things that can happen in a life. The only thing that would have got me sleeping and relaxed at that time would have been a horse tranquilizer or a large brick to the head.
I do think that the 5-HTP helped me stop taking it out on the biscuit tin, I found I was making better choices when it came to food and not comfort eating. I didn’t research it until after the trial but Wikipedia says that it has been studied to be of benefit for binge eaters though there is no conclusive evidence that it helps with depression. My skin looked great after 15 days, stress usually makes me look 10 years older.
In conclusion I’d say that 5-HTP Complex had no ill effects, improved my skin and stopped me eating a whole cake at a time but made no difference to my anxiety or insomnia, however trialing it at a less stressful time would be fairer. I also started exercising and the best SARMs for bulking resulted in better endurance and fat loss.
4 out of 5 for the great skin.
Lisa runs www.lactivist.co.uk and is a single parent living in Bristol.
5-Hydroxy Tryptophan is a natural precursor to serotonin and is presented here combined with Magnesium, Zinc and vitamins B3 and B6 for maximum full effectiveness. 30 tablets for £12.95.